Congratulations to the Peace Center

Peace Center Award for Outstanding Community Partnerships

peace-center-coverThe Third Annual Peacebuilders’ Brunch took place on Saturday, January 14, at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, LA. Sponsored by the Isaiah 43 Program of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, the brunch celebrated all of the various ways people in local parishes and other institutions could participate in the program. Isaiah 43 is a parenting and mentoring program that trains facilitators and works with families who want to grow more deeply and care for each other more. For the bigger picture, this means healthy, more peaceful families and thus a safer community.

The Peace Center and St. Rita School and parish received the award for “Outstanding Community Partnerships.” Each year the Peace Center has worked with the school Principal and with the pastor of the parish to invite families to participate and volunteer to make a meal for those who attend, care for the children while parents are meeting and offer hospitality for everyone present. The program in still developing and participation is more quality than quantity. Please pray for the families who can benefit from the program help and also that more parents will respond.

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Active Hope

Blog by Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP
Blog by Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP

“Do not be afraid”

There is a low grade anxiety in me these days as we get closer to the new political era that is about to begin. Inauguration Day is making me feel like a dark cloud is on the horizon. Do you feel it too? Scripture says so often, “do not be afraid.” But I am worried.

I fear for the undocumented person, those who depend on the Affordable Care Act that will soon be gutted, and I fear for other people who are depending on this new administration to create something better for them. I suspect a great disappointment is coming. Continue reading →

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El dia de los Tres Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day)

p1070523El dia de los Tres Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day) is a day to celebrate culture, family and the feast of the Epiphany in Latino/Hispanic culture. The Tres Reyes (Three Kings) event, sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dominican Sisters of Peace, took place at the Martin de Porres Center in Columbus, OH, Friday, January 6, with more than 116 in attendance. Franklin County Coroner, Anahi Ortiz, MD, a member of the Franklin county Opiate Task Force, spoke about the dangers of opiods and the signs and symptoms of addiction. While Dr. Ortiz spoke to the adults, the children adjourned to another room for crafts and games and came back carrying a gift to celebrate the Feast of the Ephiphany. Community organizations joined 12 Dominican Sister of Peace as well as staff members Yahaira Rose, Lisset Mendoza, Donna Vroom and Alice Black. Continue reading →

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A Message of Peace and Love

Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt
Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt

A time for quiet reflection

The weeks between Christmas and New Year’s, followed by the first few sleepy days of January, have brought with them a time for quiet reflection on the past year, and a hope and anticipation for the days ahead.

When I get home, I enjoy relaxing in the silence and peace that envelops me as these winter days quickly become dark. I am comforted knowing that I can find this quiet and peaceful space and that my life is generally free of violence. How lucky I am! Continue reading →

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What are you doing for others?

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: “What are you doing for others?” ~ Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Colette Parker, OPA
Blog by Associate Colette Parker

Our nation celebrated the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., yesterday – I always like to use “Rev.” in front of his name as a reminder that everything he did was rooted in love.

For me, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day is a day of reflection. It is a day that I never want to come short in answering what he considered life’s most urgent question: What are you doing for others? Continue reading →

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